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March 23, 1996
Late Season match-up between arch rivals. Philadelphia travels to Buffalo for the ESPN Game of the Week. Playoff ramifications are the end result. Buffalo bolsters the highest powered offense and sits in first place. Can the Wings steal one on the road, in the leagues most hostile environment?
No love lost between these two perennial champions.
These teams have won the last four cups, and were going to try and show who was the best.
This game took place at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo. This packed house was treated to a great show by the biggest stars of the era.
Philadelphia had Gary Gait, Scott Gabrielsen, Tom Marechek, Steve Govett, and Kevin Finneran. Buffalo answered with John Tavaras, Troy Cordingley, Jim Veltman, Darris Kilgour, Tom Phair, and Neil Doddridge.
The goaltending matchup was Eliuk vs. O’Toole.
A great chess match went on throughout the entire game with two of the greatest coaches ever… Tony Resch vs. Les Bartley
This game lived up to the hype!
Sit back, relax, and enjoy this game in it’s entirety.
Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob had an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Mr. Groob also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.